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Key Stage 3
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The Music Team

Mr F Mallinson – Head of Department

Miss S McMinn –Teacher of Music

Mrs C Foster – Teacher of Music (P/T)


Mr C Handley –Piano Tutor / Technician

Mrs S Aston – Arts Administration


Instrumental Staff

These teachers are in the Department for a few hours each week. We currently have over 70 pupils receiving Instrumental tuition each week. Pupils are encouraged to take formal qualifications such as ABRSM and Rockschool.


Mrs Davies - Singing

Mr Fletcher – Guitar / Bass

Mrs Foster – Flute

Mr Gibbs – Brass

 Mr Handley - Piano

Mrs Howells – Violin

Mr Peverelle – Drums

Mr Tattam – Clarinet / Saxophone

Miss  Pearson - Cello


To enhance learning opportunities, the department organises visiting musicians to come into school.

·         International Concert Pianist, Richard Meyrick gave a Masterclass for 25 students.

·          An early music ensemble gave a workshop for GCSE musicians.

·         Woodwind students attended a workshop by James Galway.

·         Year 7 experience a visit to Symphony Hall and a performance by the CBSO.

·         Visiting speakers from the recording / Music technology industry have given talks and lectures to our students

·          KS3 students have regular performances by a number of contemporary musicians, these have included The Wanted and The Hoosiers.

·         KS5 students have the opportunity to enhance their learning by attending a weekly course in their enrichment time given by MAS Records. This enables the students to gain up to 120 UCAS points if they successfully complete the course. 


Music is part of the Arts Rotation. This means that every child receives 30 lessons over each year.

The topics studied are:

Year 7

Vocal work

Part songs / rounds / vocal techniques / composition and arranging / simple graphic scores

Music Through the Ages

Reading and composing using notation / Instruments of the Orchestra / keyboard skills / musical structures/ developing skills in using computer software

Pentatonic Work

Performing and composing using tuned and un-tuned percussion / keyboard skills / simple improvisation


Year 8

Blues and Riffs

Keyboard skills / 12 Bar Blues / developing improvisation skills / following notation / performing and composing riffs / composing jingles

Film Music

Using computers to compose to music for film clips / using the elements to create contrasting moods / more complex use of graphic scores / developing skills in using computer software


Performing and composing using tuned and un-tuned Percussion / use of contrasting time signatures / developing a greater understanding of structure / learning about different cultures / reading and composing using a variety of different scores


Year 9

Festival Music

Learning the conventions of samba music / composing using percussion instruments / arranging and performing a piece of traditional carnival music

Rock Workshop

Learning to play guitar, bass, drum kit and keyboard / performing as an ensemble / developing  knowledge of popular music

New Directions

Experimenting with contemporary composition techniques such as serialism and minimalism / understanding developments in 20th Century music 


Music Technology

V-Cert NCFE (Level 2 Technical Award in Music Technology)


Rock workshop, film music, new directions and other fun topics…. If you enjoyed these, the Music technology course could be for you! This new vocational course is designed for anyone with an interest in music and music technology. Perhaps you enjoyed learning guitar in Rock Workshop, or creating your film music on the computer. This qualification enables learners to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the music technology industry. Although there is an element of theory, you will have already covered much of this in KS3 already.  The majority of the time will be experimenting with music ideas / sound, creating arrangements and compositions whist developing your sequencing and recording skills.

Although there are opportunities to perform on this course, you will not be assessed on your performance skills. You do, however need to work hard, be creative at the tasks set and be prepared to develop your own technology skills with the help of the Music team.


Will I enjoy this course?

You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that: is largely practical (50% involves practical music-making and creating a portfolio of work); allows you to be creative; gives you the opportunity toplay music with others in e.g. pairs, pop/rock groups, bands or vocal groups; and to learn more about and use music technology.

You will develop skills in the recording studio as well as composing and creating your own sounds.


What could I do next withV-Cert Music technology?

This V-Cert in Music Technology is equivalent to a GCSE (counting in Attainment 8 / Progress 8).  You will be able to achieve the highest GCSE grade (9) if you gain a Distinction Plus in this subject.

                                      This new course gives you broader experiences that are valued in many other professions that require you to show good teamwork, communication and expressive skills, as well as commitment, confidence and creativity. It will also prepare you well for AS/A Levels in Music and Music Technology as well as BTEC National Diplomas (in Music, Popular Music and Music Technology) and the Vocational A-Level in Performing Arts. There are also strong links to Media studies,Computing, Mathematics, Science, Economics and Business.  

What will I study?

Unit 01 Using a Digital Audio Workstation (D/507/5002)

·          This unit will allow learners to develop skills in operating a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) creatively using audio, MIDI, hardware and editing tools. Learners will create a musical project in response to a brief, reflecting industry skills.

·          Create a musical project that will include MIDI and audio

·          Review a completed musical project

This is similar to the Year 9 module on New Directions / Minimalism


  Unit 02 Creating music (T/507/5006)


·          Learners will develop skills to analyse stylistic elements of music and develop a piece of music based on a specific style. Learners will engage in a review of technical and creative processes.

·          Understand the musical elements of a chosen style

·          Create a piece of music in the style identified in learning outcome 1

·          Review the musical piece

This is similar to the Year 7 module on Drum & Bass


Unit 03 Studio recording (J/507/5009)


·          Plan a recording session in response to a given scenario

·          Undertake a studio recording session

·          Mix a multi-track recording

·          Review their mixdown

This will include elements similar to the Year 9 module on Rock Workshop



Unit 04 Sound creation (L/507/5013)


·          Learners will explore sound creation and apply their knowledge to a given brief. They will create and review their own original sound creation project.

·          Plan and undertake the sound creation for a given brief

·          Review their completed sound creation project

This is similar to the Year 8 module on Film Music  & Advertising


Current Year 11 Students

Year 11 students are currently studying GCSE Music on the Eduqas specification:


This subject is largely practical (60% involves practical music-making), allows you to be creative, gives you the opportunity to play music with others in e.g. pairs, pop/rock groups, bands, orchestras or vocal groups, gives you the opportunity to learn more about and use music technology.


You will learn about different styles of music incorporating them into your own compositions (Pop songs, music for Film, “Dance” tracks, and instrumental pieces).

There are two set works, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mt 3)-Mozart and “Since you’ve been Gone –Rainbow. The rest of the course is divided up into four areas of study: 

  • Musical Forms & Devices
  • Music for Ensemble
  • Film Music
  • Popular music


The course structure is outlined below:








Perform 2 pieces on any instrument (including voice), in any style.  One ensemble and one ensemble or solo.




Compose 2 pieces of music (One is your own choice, the other is set by the Board)




75 Minute exam based on the Areas of Study and the TWO set works.



Students who opt for A level Music Technology will study the Edexcel specification:






AS + A level

Both courses are divided into 4 main sections;


Section 1, Recording  20% (9MT0/01)

 A selection of 10 songs are set by the board (June 18)


Component 1: Recording

Research and preparation will include time spent researching one of the ten tracks to be recorded, listening to the original and deciding on what effects and processing have been used, preparing and rehearsing the ensemble to be recorded, checking and testing equipment, learning microphone technique and placement, testing levels and getting everything set-up and prepared ready for the actual recording process.

Your recording should:

● last between 2 and 2.30 minutes

● use a minimum of five tracks (3 Compulsory instruments and 2 additional ones)

● have a minimum of four tracks captured using microphones

● make use of overdub techniques

● use only live musicians, but keyboard parts may contain MIDI sequenced data or sampled loops

● be a noise-free stereo production with use of appropriate effects.

● Logbook and authentication forms must be fully completed.



Section 2, Composing  20% (9MT0/02)

Two audio samples are supplied by the board (Sept 18).


Component 2: Technology-based Composition

Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-based- composition.

Your composition should:

·         Develop the two samples given by the board (Sept 18)

·         Synthesis and sampling /Audio manipulation and creative effects must be included.

·         Total time must be 2.30 minutes

·         Logbook and authentication forms must be fully completed.



Section 3, Listening and Analysing  25% (9MT0/03)

Written examination 1Hour and 30 Minutes. (June 19).


Component 3: Listening and Analysing (75 marks -25%)

Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques / principles in commercial recordings

The paper is split into A: Listening and Analysing (40 marks)

·         4 questions (10 marks each) A range of recordings from 1920 to the present day.

            Section A will consist of four questions of 10 marks each, which may include multiple-choice, gap- fill, diagrammatic, short-open and open response questions using unfamiliar commercial recordings as a stimulus. 


B: Extended Written Questions (35 marks)

·         2 essay questions (15 / 20 marks) One answer is a compare and contrast and the other links closely to the development of production techniques over time.

Section B will consist of two extended open response questions.

The first will be comparative and based on production techniques and effects processing used on two unfamiliar commercial recordings (15 marks). 

The second will be based on one recording and ask the student to consider the wider musical context (20 marks).  



Section 4, Producing  and Analysing  35% (9MT0/03)

Written examination 1Hour and 30 Minutes. (June 19).


Component 4: Producing and Analysing (105 marks -35%)

In this practical paper, students will be provided with a CD of audio/ MIDI information

Students will correct and then combine the audio and MIDI material to form new tracks or parts from the material provided.

The paper is split into A: Producing and Analysing (85 marks)

·         5 questions related to the audio recordings on the CD.

            Section A will consist of five questions that will include, spotting mistakes, correcting and manipulating synthesis problems, matching sounds, adding effects and demonstrating a selection of processors. 


B: Extended Written Questions (20 marks)

·         1 essay question (20 marks) There will be an essay type question focusing on aspects of a music technology hardware unit.


Students will not be assessed on their instrumental skills although some practical performance expertise would be useful.

Students need an interest in a variety of different musical styles, basic ICT skills and ahard working attitude.

During the course students will be studying:

Recording Techniques.

Listening and analyzing popular music styles (1920 to the present day).

Use of multi effects/plug ins/sound samples and loops.

Sequencing Techniques.

 Arranging skills / Composing.

MIDI techniques /Sampling.

History of Recorded Sound.

 Production Techniques



Assessment is through continued coursework with the Recording and Composing being sent to

an external examiner. This will be sent to the examiner around May 14th.

Component 3 and 4 will be set in June 2019 / 2020.



The music course enables students to develop skills in communication, improving own learning and performance, information technology, problem solving and working with others.



Advanced Level Music Technology is the stepping stone for further study of Music Technology or performing arts atHigher National or Degree Level. It can also help in a career in the music industry or in a technology/computer orientated career.


What will the lessons be like and what will I have to do?


The start of the course will build up a bank of skills in order to access the set coursework. There will be some theory lessons in the first half term but will be mixed with Practical tasks.

Tasks will be set on a weekly basis and these will need to be completed.


This course will require you to access the equipment and work independently away from the taught lessons. The coursework will not be able to be done in just the lesson time.


What did the students say about the last year’s course.



Enjoyed the own Composition “it gave us scope to try out new ideas and own thoughts”

Lots of help with all aspects of the course

Extra time in the holidays

Standard of equipment and “hands on” lessons. Tied in with Theory aspect of course.

Listening lessons were informative and lots of handouts.



Being very precise in choosing sounds was hard

Recording takes a long time if performers are not well rehearsed

Varied activities for the listening lessons.



The Course was very very enjoyable. It was Great!!

I enjoyed being creative and having the freedom to experiment with Sequencing module and recreating a famous song.

Marking was frequent, constructive and gave top tips to improve. The Progress sheets had clear feedback and goals to help me focus on what I needed to do to reach the highest grades.

I loved the Recording, experiencing the studio and using all the cool bits of tech!!

The support that I received throughout the course was unbelievable. A joy from start to finish.






Music Extra Curricular Activities

We have a wide range of musical activities that run every week. We encourage all year groups and all abilities to get involved. These activities develop new skills that enhance and support instrumental lessons and our curriculum. Joining a musical activity is a fantastic way to feel part of a team, be creative, meet new friends and have fun!

There are regular concerts, gigs at local venues as well as the Pyramid concert and the primary tours.


Here is the current Music Extra curricular timetable.




Before School


Lunchtime 12 till 12.45

After School 3.35 till 4.30

Music C1

Music C2

Music C1

Music C2







Year 8 Band




Year 7 Band


Elf rehearsals




Samba Drumming



Boys Vocal Group


Toot Toots


New Wave Punk


Elf rehearsals













GCSE Coursework







Year 10 Band




Year 9 Band


CGCSE Coursework














Remember …..if you learn an Orchestral Instrument in school you MUST attend Orchestra on Thursday  lunchtime and every student having music lessons in school must attend at least one of these activities / week.


Music is a strength of our school and we provide many opportunities for our pupils and support them in developing their musical abilities and talents. Below is information regarding instrument lessons at Hagley for 2017, that we hope you will find useful.


The cost for instrumental Lessons from September 2018 per term are:
Group Size
Lesson Duration
Fees Per Term
Instruments Offered
30 minutes
20 minutes
30 minutes



Please note group lessons can only be an option if there are other students learning the same instrument and at a similar standard.  If this is not the case, your child will be required to have a 20-minute individual at a cost of a £146 per term.  Percussion and Brass instrument require an individual lesson.


If a teacher is absent, this is made up on at alternative date. If this is not possible, a reduction on your next invoice will be made. Reimbursement will not be made for missed lessons due to childs illness, absence or forgetfulness.


If you wish your child  to start instrumental lessons with us in September, please pay through ParentPay which is accessible on our school website and write in the notes field what instrument your child plays, what grade they are and what lesson they require - 30 minute group, 20 or 30 minute individual . Any concerns or issues please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Hire cost of woodwind, brass and string instruments are £32 per term available to hire from Worcestershire Youth Music.  Either order on line at or phone 01905 425611.
Lessons are paid for a term in advance. You will receive an email near the end of each term to remind you that payment is due for next terms lessons. It is essential that lessons are paid for by the payment date given on the email, as we have to request teaching time from Worcestershire Music. Payment for lessons must be paid for through ParentPay, which is located on our school website. If you do not wish your child to continue with their music lessons in school, a terms notice is required as the school is charged by Worcester Music a term in advance.


Privately owned instruments must be covered by your own insurance policy no responsibility can be taken for instruments damaged, lost or mislaid on school premises.


Music Tuition Agreement


Playing music in an ensemble is an essential and invaluable part of learning to play an instrument. It reinforces and builds upon what has been taught in lessons as well as offering students exciting opportunities to perform and develop team building skills. Invariably, students who regularly attend a musical ensemble make quicker progress than students who do not. Given the financial cost of the school lessons to yourselves and the fact that students often have to miss curriculum time in order to attend the lessons, our aim is to maximise the benefit of the lessons by insisting that each student attends an ensemble rehearsal each week.


Each student is required to enter an agreement with the school to show, they will make full use of the performing opportunities offered by regularly attending at least one of the school ensembles. We withhold the right to withdraw lessons at the end of a term should attendance of an ensemble fall below an acceptable level. If circumstances necessitate missing the odd rehearsal, please send in a note so that we are aware of any unavoidable situations. If transport is difficult, it may be possible to share lifts with another student travelling in the same direction. We look forward to a productive and musical year and to meeting you in the autumn term.

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